Al and Jane Nakatani to Speak at JANM


Al and Jane Nakatani will give a presentation on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, First and Central in Little Tokyo.

Formerly residents of San Jose, the Nakatanis are retired and live on Maui. Through a series of circumstances they lost three sons, two — Glen, 29, and Guy, 26 — to AIDS, and one — Greg, 23 — to a shooting incident.

Despite these tragedies, they were able to learn from the mistakes they made and tell their inspiring story to thousands across the country. Their story has also been told on a DVD, as well in a book, co-authored by Molly Fumia, “Honor Thy Children.”

Last year, after much-publicized incidents of bullying and suicides involving young people who were targeted because of their sexual orientation, the Nakatanis  — who were once homophobic themselves but are now strong advocates for gay rights — were asked by the State of Hawaii to conduct workshops on those subjects.

Also appearing will be writer Kristel Yoneda and Marsha Aizumi, whose son, Aiden, a graduate of Arcadia High School, and was a victim of bullying.

There will be no admission charge. For more information, contact Phil Shigekuni at [email protected] or (818) 893 1581, or Harold Kameya at [email protected] or (818) 368 2008.


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